Home Seller Tips How to organise your home office when it’s also your craft room

How to organise your home office when it’s also your craft room

How to organise your office when it's also your craft room

Tips for organising your home office when it’s also your craft room and company HQ

You’re creating your own empire, one hand-thrown bowl or custom-made cowl at a time. You may already be a master of your art, but between the supplies, mailing materials and your online presence, your workroom could probably use a facelift. And, goodness knows, there’s nothing we crafters like better than a good homegrown project.

Home organisation expert Erin Vaughan shares some ideas to get your craft room right so you can pump out the goods and keep your buyers happy.

Louise Brainwood textile designer, home studio

Textile designer Louise Brainwood has a dedicated craft table in her home studio

Have separate workspaces for your computer and crafts

You don’t want to have to shove aside the fabric you’re printing or fuss with the sewing machine every time you need to answer an email. A dedicated desk for the business side of your operations, paired with a wide, spacious crafting area, helps maintain your focus (and keep things organised!) in each of these separate arenas.

Some shop owners achieve this balance using a double-sided crafting table placed squarely in the middle of their workrooms, which allows them to go from laptop to craft station as the day dictates.

 

Charlotte Macey Textiles, studio, interview

Charlotte Macey has plenty of storage space  in her studio for all her fabrics and packaging supplies  

Add twice the storage

No office is complete without a few shelves, but throw in years’ worth of craft supplies and you’ll need some serious storage. A large, freestanding open shelving system or several wide shelves perched over your work table will give you lots of options. The “open” part of the shelving is key here, however – you want to be able to get what you need fast, without a lot of digging around.

 

Rosie O'Neill studio

Rosie O’Neill has all her supplies close at hand in simple Ikea drawers, tumblers and jars

bookbinding studio, dearest jackdaw,

Bookbinder Louise from Jackdaw Bindery keeps her supplies well organised so she can quickly see if she needs to reorder anything

Upgrade your drawers

Wait, didn’t we just say to use open shelves? Okay, I admit, a few drawers are definitely a necessity for those items that need to be contained. But you’ll want to invest in a good labelling system to keep your process streamlined. Chalkboard labels are aesthetically pleasing and let you relabel easily when you reorganise.

 

Helen Hallows, artist studio, India Hobson, garden studio

Artist Helen Hallows has set aside an area of her studio for packaging and posting her prints

Set up a mailing station in your craft room

Speed does make a difference in the business of online selling. A maker who can post their product out in a timely fashion – complete with a few one-of-a-kind touches like a handmade tag or a cute wrapping job – will be much more likely to earn repeat buyers.

Dedicate one end of your desk to packaging, so you can keep envelopes, boxes, tissue paper, bubble wrap and tags all in one spot, ideally near the printer.

 

Yeshen Venema, Wales, photoshoot

Have a space dedicated to taking product shots – make sure it’s well lit and has an interesting backdrop, like this simple set-up by photographer Yeshen Venema

Create a location for photoshoots

Let’s be honest, when you’re selling online, it’s often the photos that really make or break a sale. While it pays to get creative with your images, a clean, interesting backdrop set up in an area with plenty of natural light will give your pics that professional pop.

Make sure the area is large enough to give shoppers context by adding props if you need them — you want to give potential customers an idea of the actual size of the item.

 

Main image: The beautiful bright home studio / craft room of Sojung Kim McCarthy from Do A Little Dance 

 


 

About the writer

Erin Vaughan is a blogger, gardener and aspiring homeowner.  She currently resides in Austin, Texas, where she writes full time for Modernize.com, with the goal of empowering homeowners with the expert guidance and educational tools they need to take on big home projects with confidence.

 

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2 comments

tinapoelzl June 21, 2016 - 6:33 pm

Great tips but what if you just don’t have the space? My room is about 2.5 x 2.5m with two sewing machines and boxes full of old clothes and neckties for my upcycling fashion, then my jewellery making things, my office stuff…. Just not big enough.

Urbanstax June 21, 2016 - 11:38 pm

Great to see people’s creative spaces

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